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    Laid Off Firefighters Get a Second Chance

    Laid Off Firefighters Get a Second Chance
    A few years ago, Brian Jones applied to become a Shreveport firefighter. He didn't make the cut, so he submitted his application to Bossier City Fire Department and was hired. The 25-year-old worked two years for Bossier City before being laid off in December due to budget cuts. On Tuesday, Jones returned to Shreveport Fire Department as a member of its ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +5
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    VIDEO: Joplin Tornado 'Like a Nuclear Bomb'

    VIDEO: Joplin Tornado 'Like a Nuclear Bomb'
    George Ballew spent Monday in an emergency shelter, nursing his wounds and worrying about his missing wife. He was clutching a tube of toothpaste, the fingers on one hand cut, broken and wrapped in gauze, when an emergency volunteer approached. "George, your wife is OK," she told him gently. "We just found her." "Oh, thank God," he said, collapsing into the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Life-Saving Confined Space Rescue Lands Two FFs in Hot Water

    Life-Saving Confined Space Rescue Lands Two FFs in Hot Water
    MUNCIE -- The heroic confined-space rescue efforts of Liberty Township volunteer firefighters on May 26 has landed them in hot water. State officials say the volunteers violated occupational safety and health regulations. As a result, the township fire department is taking corrective action to avoid having to pay a $1,500 fine imposed by the Indiana Department of Labor. An investigation by ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Chicago Firefighters Get $94 Million in Back Pay

    Chicago Firefighters Get $94 Million in Back Pay
    CHICAGO - Chicago firefighters and paramedics will get $94 million in back pay dating back to June 30, 2007 — bankrolled by debt likened to “borrowing to pay for last year’s groceries” — thanks to a contract ratified Monday. “We’re very concerned. It’s enormously expensive to borrow to pay for operating costs. Future taxpayers are gonna have to pay, not only ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Challenge Tests Firefighters' Fitness

    New Challenge Tests Firefighters' Fitness
    MARLBORO, MA — The Marlboro Fire Department hosted the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Friday and Saturday at Solomon Pond Mall on the Berlin-Marlboro line, attracting several thousand onlookers and participants. Thirty-eight teams from all over New England and Canada competed in what organizers call “the toughest two minutes in sports.” The challenge includes five major obstacles: climbing a five-story tower carrying ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    After 75 Years of Service, Firefighter Bill Retires

    After 75 Years of Service, Firefighter Bill Retires
    East Syracuse, NY — How often does a volunteer firefighter stay with his force 75 years? Not very often. That’s why there was a big turnout last week when Bill Lewis Sr. officially retired from the East Syracuse Fire Department. The East Syracuse chief, Mike Cramer, said the department’s bylaws had to be changed to grant the retirement, which is the ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Is the Chicago FF Test Keeping Women Out?

    CHICAGO — As Chicago prepares to pay $30 million to African-American men who were denied firefighting jobs because of a discriminatory entrance exam, the city was hit Tuesday with another lawsuit, this one on behalf of women who were disqualified because they failed the physical abilities test. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claims that the test, which includes arm ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Jury Finds Former Firefighter Guilty of 'Murder-for-Hire'

    James Kornhardt shook his head and whispered to his attorney. "I can't believe it," he said Monday, moments after a federal jury in St. Louis convicted him and a close friend, Steven Mueller, of murder. Across the courtroom, the family of Danny Coleman's wept and then hugged prosecutors. The scene ended a nearly 18-year investigation into a murder plot that broke ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety

    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety
    NEW YORK — A set of 354 narrow steps spirals all the way up to the Statue of Liberty's crown, and it's the only escape route for tourists in an emergency. On a recent summer day, one tourist put his hands on his knees and gasped for air as a few others funneled down the tightly twisting staircase to the statue's ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Homeless Veteran Who Saved Five in Fire Given a Heroes Burial

    Homeless Veteran Who Saved Five in Fire Given a Heroes Burial
    ARLINGTON, Va. – Ray Vivier had been an adventurer, a Marine veteran who explored the country from South Carolina to Alaska, the father of five children. The 61-year-old also was a man starting to get his life back together after living for years in a shanty beneath a Cleveland bridge. He had struggled with alcoholism, but by November he had a ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Off-Duty FF Pulls Man From St. Louis River

    ST. LOUIS — An off-duty firefighter is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a man whose pickup truck veered into St. Louis' River Des Peres. Authorities say firefighter Steve Nienhaus saw the vehicle enter the river Sunday morning, then quickly swam into the water to save the driver who was slumped over inside the truck. St. Louis Fire Department Capt. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Firefighters Accused of Drinking, Partying on Duty

    Firefighters Accused of Drinking, Partying on Duty
    SPRING HILL, FL — Spring Hill Fire Rescue Chief Mike Rampino said Thursday that he's looking into allegations that on-duty firefighters attended parties where alcohol was served earlier this year and that intoxicated women were allowed on fire station property. The allegations were made at Wednesday's district fire board meeting by Ridge Manor resident Rob Rogoski, who presented commissioners with about ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -3
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    NYC Mayor Refuses to Add Ret. Fire Captain to 9/11 Memorial

    NYC Mayor Refuses to Add Ret. Fire Captain to 9/11 Memorial
    NEW YORK - Honor denied - again. Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday the city won't back down from its refusal to put a retired fire captain's name on a tribute to firefighters who died on 9/11. Bloomberg vowed a challenge to a Queens judge's ruling that ordered Capt. James Corrigan's name to be listed on a memorial to be unveiled next year ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Detroit Fire Chief: 'I Haven't Had Anything Like This in 20 Years'

    Detroit Fire Chief: 'I Haven't Had Anything Like This in 20 Years'
    DETROIT - Detroit firefighters had to battle strong winds, hot and dry conditions, downed power lines and a lack of equipment and manpower at the same time they fought about 85 fires that erupted in four hours Tuesday afternoon. No fatalities or serious injuries were reported, though dozens of homes were destroyed -- including 18 vacant houses, two occupied homes and ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Firefighter Killed After Being Hit by School Bus

    Firefighter Killed After Being Hit by School Bus
    DERBY, NY - A 49-year-old volunteer firefighter from Derby was struck and killed by a school bus shortly before dawn Monday at an intersection not far from his home. Ronald Wattie, of Revere Drive, had to be freed from under the school bus that struck him at about 6:55 a.m. at Erie Road (Route 5) and Revere in the Town of ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Whoops: Police Officer Sprays Burning Man with Pepper Spray

    Whoops: Police Officer Sprays Burning Man with Pepper Spray
    PORTLAND - A Portland police officer accidentally used pepper spray instead of a fire extinguisher on a man who lit himself on fire downtown near a fur store Wednesday. Portland Police Bureau Chief Rosie Sizer said the officer was at a stoplight at Southwest 12th Avenue and Yamhill Street when she saw a man in flames. When the officer went to ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Tragic Loss the Aftermath of Horrific NY Blaze

    Tragic Loss the Aftermath of Horrific NY Blaze
    FORT EDWARD, NY - As a lethal fire intensified, one woman shoved an air conditioner out a window and then threw a 5-year-old boy out after it to safety, even as the blaze devoured a two-story house, killing six children. Two other adults tried in vain to rescue the children trapped inside the blazing building in a faded mill town along ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Fallen Firefighter: Jacob Anthony Carter

    Fallen Firefighter: Jacob Anthony Carter
    Name: Jacob Anthony Carter Rank: Firefighter Age: 18 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Date of Incident: 4/17/2011 Time of Incident: 11:55 Date of Death: 4/17/2011 Fire Department: Becker-Athens Volunteer Fire Department Address: PO Box 60, MS USNG: 16S CC 621 557 Becker , Mississippi  38825 Fire Department Chief: Doug Buchanan Incident Description: While responding to a mutual aid fire call, Firefighter Carter ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Rescue Teams Save Children Trapped In Dilapidated Building Blaze

    Rescue Teams Save Children Trapped In Dilapidated Building Blaze
    CHICAGO - Several people, including two children, were rescued Monday morning from a blaze in a sparsely occupied Bronzeville condo building where conditions were described as "pretty bad" by a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. A firefighter was treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center for burns to his ears, said Chief Kevin MacGregor, a Fire Department spokesman. When the firefighters ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Finally Some Peace for FF Father of Slain Son

    Finally Some Peace for FF Father of Slain Son
    NEW HAVEN — A 30-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday in the shooting death of a city firefighter’s son. Jermaine Scott, of New Haven, said nothing during a short court appearance. A judge kept his bail at $1 million. The arrest warrant affidavit in the case was sealed. Scott is charged with repeatedly shooting Marquise Baskin on June 19 behind 660 Winchester ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This